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Article for lunch?

Does lunch have an -en or an -ett?

3 years ago

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En lunch.

3 years ago

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Thanks!

Also, is the article for food also en?

3 years ago

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Yes, it's en mat (and hence maten = the food). But you wouldn't often use en mat, you would say en maträtt (a dish). If you use en mat, it sounds a bit like a lazy contraction of maträtt.

You can check the grammatical gender of any Swedish word here: http://www.svenskaakademien.se/svenska_spraket/svenska_akademiens_ordlista/saol_13_pa_natet/ordlista. Just type the word or the beginning of the word in the box, and it will show you that page of the dictionary.

3 years ago

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Thank you!! That's been an issue for me lately.

3 years ago

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If in doubt and with no access to a dictionary, remember that en is statistically more likely! ;-)

3 years ago